Introduction to Drone Flying and Safety

Just got a drone? Have a drone but you're afraid to crash or lose it on your first flights? Join this class to get in on the exciting emerging technology of flying drones. This class will give you the knowledge to take off and enjoy this hobby. It’s all about having fun, flying safe and being responsible.

  • Learn about setting up your drone, charging your batteries, updating firmware, flight terms, basic transmitter anatomy and setting up your camera.
  • Understand when to fly and when to put your drone away because of bad weather.
  • Learn how to fly legally, staying away from airports, avoiding crowds, etc.

If you want to take it to the next level, you will learn what is required to become a certified FAA Part 107 pilot (fly for hire) so you can charge for your flying.

There will be two classes of flight school at UT and one day of hands on in an open area in South Austin. Required for the class is a GPS cable drone. Sorry, no FPV racer drones (First Person View) or mini drones (i.e. whoop drones).

Instructor Carlos Austin is a certified FAA Part 107 pilot.


Carlos Austin

Carlos Austin is a third generation photographer. He studied the Arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 1974-1975, as well as at Kunstakademie in Duesseldorf, Germany from 1985-1987.

Course Materials

Student's drone must have GPS capability. Drones from DJI are preferred, but not required.

This class requires all participants to complete and sign a university Release and Indemnification Agreement before being considered enrolled in the class. Bring the completed form to the first class meeting and turn in to your instructor.

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